Centar, Sarajevo

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Sarajevo canton government building in March 2006
Sarajevo canton government building in March 2006
Official seal of Centar
Location of Centar Municipality, Sarajevo within Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Location of Centar Municipality, Sarajevo within Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Country Bosnia and Herzegovina
 • Municipality presidentNedžad Ajnadžić (SDA)
 • Total33 km2 (13 sq mi)
 (2013 census)
 • Total59,238
 • Density1,795/km2 (4,650/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Area code(s)+387 33

Centar (Центар, "Center") is a municipality of the city of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is located between the older parts of the city under Stari Grad, and the newer more modern parts of the city under the municipalities Novi Grad and Novo Sarajevo.

The Centar municipality, according to the government website, is the administrative, business, commercial, cultural, educational, and medical centre of Sarajevo. Although some of these may be disputed, Centar is certainly the most important part of Sarajevo, housing most major branches of the city and national governments.

The municipality of Centar occupies 3,313 hectrates of land, of which close to 17% is housing. The amount of private and state owned land is nearly equal, with 1600 and 1713 hectrates respectively. The municipality celebrates May 2 as "Centar Municipality Day", in commemoration of the heroic defense by citizens of the aggressor's assault on the Building of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Centar is also home to many Olympic complexes such as Dvorana Mirza Delibašić and sports venues Asim Ferhatović Hase Stadium and Olympic Hall Zetra.


The Siege of Sarajevo had a tremendous effect on Centar. Prior to the aggression, Centar municipality had 79,000 citizens, of which the majority were Bosniaks. 7,000 citizens of the municipality were killed by the aggressors during the war, as major battles took place on its grounds. There was also a heavy presence of land mines in the area, however in December 2003 the government succeeded in clearing all land mines from the area. Since the end of the war, the municipality has received 12 major awards, indicating its current well-being and prosperity.


Centar is marked with number 1 on this map of the Sarajevo Canton.
Map of the communities and neighborhoods in Centar municipality


126,598 total

  • Bosniaks - 74,354 (58.73%)
  • Serbs - 27,658 (21.84%)
  • Croats - 12,903 (10.19%)
  • Yugoslavs - 5,944 (4.69%)
  • Others - 5,739 (4.55%)


79,286 total

  • Bosniaks - 39,761 (50.14%)
  • Serbs - 16,631 (20.97%)
  • Croats - 5,428 (6.84%)
  • Yugoslavs - 13,030 (16.43%)
  • Others - 4,436 (5.62%)


55,181 total[1]

  • Bosniaks - 41,702 (75.57%)
  • Croats - 3,333 (6.04%)
  • Serbs - 2,186 (3.96%)
  • Others - 7,960 (14.42%)

Communities and neighborhoods[edit]

  1. Bardakčije
  2. Betanija - Šip
  3. Breka - Koševo II
  4. Ciglane - Gorica
  5. Donji Velešići
  6. Džidžikovac - Koševo I
  7. Hrastovi - Mrkovići
  8. Koševsko Brdo
  9. Marijin Dvor - Crni Vrh
  10. Mejtaš - Bjelave
  11. MZ Park - Višnjik
  12. Pionirska DolinaNahorevo
  13. Skenderija - Podtekija
  14. Soukbunar
  15. Trg Oslobođenja


  1. ^ "Census of population, households and dwellings in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2013: Final results" (PDF). Agency for Statistics of Bosnia and Herzegovina. June 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 December 2017. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  • Official results from the book: Ethnic composition of Bosnia-Herzegovina population, by municipalities and settlements, 1991. census, Zavod za statistiku Bosne i Hercegovine - Bilten no.234, Sarajevo 1991.


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Coordinates: 43°52′8″N 18°24′31″E / 43.86889°N 18.40861°E / 43.86889; 18.40861